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The Burden

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Description On January 14, 1852, the printer and publisher of Charles Baudelaire, Auguste Poulet-Malassis, after a visit to Daumier's studio, recorded seeing a representation of a washer-woman pulling a young girl along a quay in a high wind, a possible reference to this sculpture. It was a theme that the artist also treated in paintings and drawings. Daumier did not consider himself a sculptor. The few pieces that he did produce are thought to have been intended as "maquettes" (models) for his pictures. The compositions original inspiration may have been an illustration to a passage in Eugene Süe's well known "Mystères de Paris" (1843). The drawing by Charles Joseph Travies de Villers was engraved by Hippolyte Lavoignat and shows the waif Fleur-de-Marie with the one-eyed "La Chouette" returning home across the Pont-Notre Dame.
  • Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1989-1990.
  • Parallels and Precedents: Baltimore's George A. Lucas Collection. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
Provenance Pierre Cloix, Paris; Paul Rosenberg, Paris; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1949.
Inscriptions [Signature] h.D.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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ca. 1850
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H: 13 3/8 × W: 8 11/16 × D: 6 7/16 in. (34 × 22 × 16.4 cm)
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Not On View


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